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Could this new Volkswagen Golf Design Vision GTI be the ultimate expression of the Golf?

Hot hatch? Built to wow, even VW’s diehard fans may be left speechless as the souped-up ‘Design Vision’ is positively futuristic with dramatically styled bodywork giving it jaw-dropping looks.

This hot hatch would put some supercars to shame with its packing 503 horsepower, more than double what you get in a normal GTI, courtesy of two more cylinders and one more turbo.

VW Golf Design Vision concept

VW Golf Design Vision concept

3.0 litre V6 and two turbos will yank the car and its terrified occupants from 0-62 mph in a heart-stopping 3.9 seconds - that’s faster than a standard Porsche 911 C4S – and can reach a top speed of 186mph.

Rather than starting from scratch, the Design Vision borrows details from iconic GTIs both past and present, but each element has then been wildly exaggerated for maximum visual impact.

The concept has shorter rear overhangs and stomping 20-inch wheels that are pushed 56mm further apart at the front and 64mm at the back for much a stronger stance, making it shorter, lower and, wider than a normal GTI.

Intricate side vents and strakes along the front bumper combine with a rear spoiler and diffuser that add downforce, but by far the biggest change from the normal GTI is lurking under the bonnet.

A twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre VR6 with a thumping 496bhp is sent to each of the four wheels via a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox and means this particular hot hatch rockets from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds - faster than a Porsche 911 C4S – and can reach 186mph.

Will it ever go into production? Well, probably not, though there may be, just may be, a chance that VW will consider it as a limited edition in the future.

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